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Least Corrupt Governments: 6,951stHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 7,837thMost Beautiful Environments: 12,832nd
The Benevolent Protective Empire of
Left-wing Utopia
Ormea, unto Ourselves
Influence
Apprentice
Civil Rights
Superb
Economy
Good
Political Freedom
Superb

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Ormea

Population15.662 billion

CapitalPalacaurbo
LeaderVilhelmo la Unua

CurrencyCommonwealth Crown
Animalridgebacked lemur

The Benevolent Protective Empire of Ormea is a gargantuan, genial nation, ruled by Vilhelmo la Unua with a fair hand, and renowned for its compulsory military service, punitive income tax rates, and stringent health and safety legislation. The compassionate, democratic population of 15.662 billion Ormeans are free to do what they want with their own bodies, and vote for whomever they like in elections; if they go into business, however, they are regulated to within an inch of their lives.

The government — a sprawling, bureaucracy-choked, liberal, socially-minded morass — juggles the competing demands of Education, Healthcare, and Environment. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Palacaurbo. The average income tax rate is 81.3%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The Ormean economy, worth 760 trillion Commonwealth Crowns a year, is driven almost entirely by government activity. The industrial sector, which is highly specialized, is mostly made up of the Book Publishing industry, with significant contributions from Information Technology. State-owned companies are reasonably common. Average income is 48,584 Commonwealth Crowns, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Sniffer dogs are trained to follow clouds of fruity-smelling vapor, voting for pro-Bigtopian candidates is voluntary, politicians who misplace decimal points on expense reports are fired for gross incompetence, and every week is blindness awareness week. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Ormea's national animal is the ridgebacked lemur, which frolics freely in the nation's many lush forests.

Ormea is ranked 155,287th in the world and 16th in The Commonwealth of Crowns for Largest Insurance Industry, scoring -1.18 on the Risk Expulsion Effectiveness Rating.

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Most Beautiful Environments: 12,832ndLargest Welfare Programs: 13,283rdMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 13,807thBest Weather: 13,817thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 14,312thHighest Average Tax Rates: 14,517thLargest Populations: 15,424thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 16,465thSmartest Citizens: 19,569thMost Advanced Public Education: 19,639thMost Advanced Public Transport: 19,782ndSafest: 22,754thLongest Average Lifespans: 23,842nd
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Most Income Equality: 1st in the region

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